Archive for July, 2009

28
Jul
09

TRU Brain Trust on “Run This Town”

Rih Rih

The homie Rizoh and the good people at The Rap Up enlisted my services to weigh in on Jigga’s new single with Rihanna and Kanye West. I’m pretty much just using it as an excuse to post up a picture of Rih Rih in a bikini.

Check out my thoughts and those of the rest of the TRU Brain Trust here. We’ve got some good stuff cookin’ up, thanks for the support.

 

27
Jul
09

Name That Sample #13

Name That Sample

Lucky number 13 on deck, see if you can guess the original song and artist along with the sampling track.

Hint: This is one of the best songs of 2006, hands down.

Good luck!

[Edit] Congrats to Ms Rose for guessing correctly. And E-Rich, that sounds like it could be the same sample, yes. The original I was looking for is Sharon Cash “Fever,” sampled by Just Blaze for Ghostface’s “The Champ” off Fishscale. Thanks for stoppin’ thru!

Name That Sample #13

25
Jul
09

Event Reminder: Redman & Method Man Tonight

Red & Meth

I’ll be in the building tonight to watch Red & Meth tear up the Starland Ballroom alongside Ghostface.

All my Jersey folks, Enjoy!

24
Jul
09

Run This Town

Hov

.. And here we have it, “Run This Town” by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna & Kanye West off  Hov’s Blueprint 3, dropping September 11th 14th.

Beewirks says ‘Yeezy produced it, I tend to agree.

It’s fire, no denying.

Shouts to Rap Radar, Enjoy!

Jay-Z ft. Rihanna & Kanye West – Run This Town (Clean Edit)

Update: Dirty CDQ (M4a)

Update: Dirty (MP3)

24
Jul
09

J. Cole – Lights Please (Mastered) & Full Lyrics

Warm Up

While the internets wait for Shawn Carter’s new single with Rih Rih and ‘Yeezy, we’ll have to settle for a new version of an extremely dope track from Hov’s Roc Nation signee J. Cole.

I updated my original post with the full lyrics, but it seems that North Carolina’s promising young MC liberated the mastered version of the song of the year best jam off his Warm Up mixtape, “Lights Please.”

Peep the download link below and the full-length lyrics after the jump. Song spotted at Nah Right, lyrics typed by yours truly.. Enjoy!

Download: J. Cole – Lights Please (Mastered) [Dom’s note: New Link as of 2/7/10!]

Continue reading ‘J. Cole – Lights Please (Mastered) & Full Lyrics’

24
Jul
09

Name That Sample #12

Name That Sample

This edition of Name That Sample is on the tougher side (although, my readers never cease to amaze me all the time with their knowledge). See if you can name the original then the artist & song that sampled it.

Hint: The sampling song is by one of hip-hop’s most prestigious golden era groups. Also, I saw them perform at Rock The Bells Jones Beach NYC last year. I’ve said too much already..

Best of luck!

[Edit] Shouts to CtrlAltMalik and beewirks for correctly answering this one. The original is Ian Dury & The Blockheads’ “What A Waste” flipped by Ali Shaheed Muhammad for A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” .. Yes, you can!

Name That Sample #12

23
Jul
09

What If Your Favorite Rapper Was Gay?

Gay Pride

So I’m not one to normally rant, but I feel obligated to share my thoughts on this subject.

When I told a co-worker that I was buying tickets for Method Man & Redman’s show with Ghostface at Starland Ballroom this weekend, her reply startled me to say the least.

I heard that Method Man & Redman were secretly gay lovers.

I was instantly taken back by this comment. For one, I’ve been a fan of Red & Meth for as long as I can remember. I first saw them live back in 7th grade during the Hard Knock Life Tour with Jay-Z and DMX. Since then, I’ve seen them perform 3 more times and each time I’ve had the time of my life. Their on-stage chemistry is matched by only a select few acts, each has a extensive catalog, and both are funny as hell – a rare combination that makes for one of the best live performances in hip-hop, period.

So naturally, my first answer was “that’s utter bullshit.” It was one of the most asinine things I’ve ever heard. Still, I asked her why she would think that. She then delved into a story about how her boyfriend, the homie William Cooper, was recording at a studio a while back and some female told him that she saw Red & Meth “tongue kissing.”

First off, the so-called “source” of this rumor is so far removed from me that it’d be ridiculous to say it is reputable. This particular female could have had something against either MC and wanted to start a vicious rumor, who knows. The point is, I’m skeptical that this female even exists.

Secondly, I’ve found NO other evidence that supports this claim.  After spending some time researching, I didn’t find any other article, blog post, message board discussion or anything that sustains this argument. Word-of-mouth is undoubtedly insufficient for such a rumor to be even remotely true.

I’ve concluded that this is strictly one person trying to ruin the reputation of two dudes that are really close friends and frequent collaborators. There is no backing whatsoever, so I will not even entertain it anymore as a rumor let alone factual information.

But it brings up the question: What if your favorite rapper happened to be gay? Would that change your perception? Would you still support them by purchasing and listening to their music, or would you throw them under the bus?

With hip-hop being what it is – not the most gay and lesbian friendly environment – I could understand why a rapper would keep their homosexuality a secret. Personally, I couldn’t help but feel differently about any artist that came out of the closet. However, I would try with all my might to separate their sexuality from their music. If they still made good music, I would make an effort to support them still.

I know what you’re thinking – “Yeah right, Dom. You can’t say what you would do until it happens.” Now that’s true, but I never made any guarantees that I’d continue to support them. All I’m saying is that I would try to. I don’t know if I can personally relate to a homosexual rapper, and the fact that they were pretending to be straight for their entire career would rub me a certain way [II]. It certainly would be more difficult to believe their rhymes after they fronted for so long.

What about you? What do you think? I’d love to read replies about if you would be able to support your favorite artist if, say, tomorrow they came out.

Feel free to drop a comment below, and please take a moment to answer the poll question below. Thanks for reading!





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